The Navy’s new ‘stealth’ destroyer heads out for sea trials from Maine

The 15,000-ton USS Zumwalt, built at Bath Iron Works in Maine, cruised along the Kennebec River to its sea trials Monday.

Folks in Maine watched the Navy’s new high-tech “stealth’’ destroyer, the USS Zumwalt, cruise along the Kennebec River to its sea trials Monday.

The 600-foot-long, 15,000-ton destroyer took four years to build at Bath Iron Works in Bath, Maine and cost $4.3 billion, according to the Portland Press Herald.

“It’s the toughest ship I’ve ever seen,’’ Bill Giroux, city manager of Bath, told the Press Herald. “There is more buzz about this ship than any I can remember just because of the radical design.’’

The crew will test the ship’s hull, computer, and power systems aboard the Navy’s first “all-electric’’ warship, reports the Press Herald. Portland residents will see the ship up close when it makes several port calls there during its sea trials.

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